[NAFEX] Of rabbits and OHxF/accidental bonsai...

Ed Fackler rocmdw at aye.net
Mon Nov 4 13:16:57 EST 2002


     We've budded some 70+ varieties to OH333 over the years and have never
had any rejection.  Most trees are 15 years+ old.

     Don't have a clue what the problem might be.  Sorry.

----- Original Message -----
From: "tanis cuff" <tanistanis at hotmail.com>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 12:58 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Of rabbits and OHxF/accidental bonsai...

> Mr. F. Bunny,
> I was just about to post a question on pears & rootstocks.  I have one of
> those questions re an unknown variety (maybe the same unknown as the 'St
> Sophie' from that fellow in Ontario some weeks ago) behaving differently
> 2 rootstocks.  Grows like a weed on Bartlet and on OHxF 333, but
> always rejected by the OHxF.  Not really a problem, in the big picture,
> because I'm thinking I'm due to add more cross-pollinators to my mix.
> time for "my" pear is between the local wild plums and the first apples.
> Any suggestions from the more experienced pear people out there, for a
> variety to graft onto the OHxF ?
> Tanis Cuff, southern WI, zone 4 (zone 5 the last few winters !)
> >From: fuwa fuwa usagi <fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com>
> >Reply-To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> >To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> >Subject: [NAFEX] Of rabbits and accidental bonsai...
> >Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 01:56:28 -0800 (PST)
> >
> >Gang:
> >
> >Several years ago I started experimenting with pears in regard
> >variety, and fireblight resistance for my area.
> >
> >I have had excellent results with OHxF 333 and OHxF 282 with one minor
> >exception.
> >
> >My Seckles on OHxF seem to produce bonsai trees.   And cute as they are,
> >they are simply not what I had in mind.    These trees were about 14
> >tall in their 6th year and pencil width in diameter.   By contrast
> >everything else on these rootstocks is consistent in size and around 8
> >in the 6th year.
> >
> >Now I understand that Seckle is normally a medium sized tree around 12-14
> >feet maximum, so I expected something of dwarfing effect on the OHxF
> >rootstocks  I chose, but I anticipated a mature tree around 8 feet, not a
> >bonsai.
> >
> >I suspected that perhaps the scion wood I used had a latent virus, but I
> >obtained the wood from Corvallis and the index was clean.   Still unable
> >unravel this mystery, I took a couple of buds from one of the existing
> >trees and grafted it onto a Harrow Sweet tree that was also on OHxF 333
> >(started in the same year as the Seckles), this tree is around 8 feet
> >and has fruited.
> >
> >Anyway I got about 15 inches of growth of the Seckle scion when grafted
> >onto harrow sweet.   Therefore I do not think a virus is the problem.
> >
> >So that makes me think of incompatibility, which would seem rather odd as
> >have never heard any reported and Magness (Comice x Seckle) probably does
> >better on OHXF rootstocks than on anything else and exhibits no
> >compatibility problems.
> >
> >Anyway I am curious if others have grafted Seckle on OHxF 333 or OHxF 282
> >and what the results have been.
> >
> >Very truly yours,
> >
> >the fluffy bunny
> >
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